European Leagues group condemn idea to hold the World Cup every two years
EFL and Premier League condemn World Cup every two years idea
The English footballing governing bodies, the Premier League and the English Football League, have put out a joint statement in which they condemn the idea of a World Cup being played every two years. The pair are part of the European Leagues group, which also includes La Liga, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
FIFA’s chief of global football development Arsene Wenger is the driving force behind plans to hold a World Cup finals every two years instead of four
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 5, 2021
The idea to increase the regularity of the FIFA tournament is the brainchild of former Arsenal boss and now head of global football development at FIFA Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman believes that fans will appreciate a more regularly held World Cup finals, which would increase the chances to see some of the smaller nations at a major tournament. Equally, as per Wenger’s ideas, International breaks for qualifiers would be scrapped during the season, with teams instead playing them all in one go during October.
This would certainly please fans who tend to view the international breaks as disruptive and boring during the hectic schedules of league football.
However, it has received widespread condemnation.
European football stands with UEFA
In a joint statement, European football said:
“The leagues have firmly and unanimously opposed any proposals to organise the FIFA World Cup every two years.
“The leagues will work together with the other stakeholders to prevent football governing bodies to take unilateral decisions that will harm domestic football which is the foundation of our industry and of utmost importance for clubs, players and fans across Europe and the world.
“New competitions, revamped competitions or expanded competitions for club and national team football both at continental level and/or at global level are not the solutions to the current problems of our game in an already congested calendar.
“The football calendar definitely requires the agreement of all stakeholders and can only be the result of a subtle balance between club and national team football and between domestic and international club football.”
They follow in the footsteps of UEFA, who earlier this week condemned the idea.
Does this leave the plan for the additional World Cups now dead and buried?